People & Nature Speaker Series

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is a nonprofit research hub that works with partners to find solutions to problems by balancing environmental protection, economic well- being, and social equity. HARC’s People & Nature Speaker Series brings nationally recognized experts and the public together to talk openly from multiple viewpoints about issues facing our growing region. The primary goal of such a program is to stimulate discussion and understanding, and inspire action and cooperation among our region’s leaders and community members. 2017 Speaker Series events are presented through the generous support of the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Brown Auditorium

On October 24, 2017, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series featuring an evening with Bill Ritter, Jr., 41st Governor of Colorado and the founder of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

Governor Ritter will discuss his book, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution, examining the future of fossil fuels and renewable energy. We hope that you will join us for a thought-provoking and engaging discussion of climate change and the future of the energy industry in the Houston region.

Guests are invited to continue the conversation at the post-event reception where Governor Ritter will be signing copies of Powering Forward.

Bill Ritter, Jr. was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In 2011, he founded the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University where he serves as Director. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, companies and stakeholders by providing technical and strategic assistance to help decision makers create policies that facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Governor Ritter was the 2015 recipient of the Harry Reid Clean Energy Leadership Award.

Past Events

March 8, 2017
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Climate Resilience